The place derives its name from Goddess Shyamala, an incarnation of Kali. Shimla is a tranquil place and the only urbanized city of the Himachal. From noted hotel chains to luxury villas, capital city has many accommodation facilities. Tranquility and peaceful atmosphere makes it different from many urban cities in the country. There are number of temples, parks, and valleys to tour here apart from trekking trips.

Shimla, was the Summer capital of India under British rule . Presently, it is the state capital of Himachal Pradesh, with its population around 1.6 lacs (Shimla town only). Shimla has seen many important historical events such as the famous Shimla Pact between India & Pakistan which was signed here. The place is also famous for its natural beauty, architectural buildings, wooden crafts and apples.